The footage is troubling.
“No background checks?” a prospective buyer asks.
A year ago this week, Everytown for Gun Safety released video footage from a Nevada gun show, recorded days after Las Vegas experienced the largest mass shooting in the country’s history. The footage, part of which appeared on the CBS Evening News, offered a startling visual of what was already clear: Because the 2016 background check law passed by voters had not been enforced, it was still easy to buy a gun without a background check in Nevada.
A year later, this is still the case. And as Adam Laxalt – the state’s chief law enforcement officer – asks voters to elect him governor, it’s important to remember:
- Laxalt starred in an NRA ad opposing the 2016 background check initiative.
- After voters passed the ballot measure, Laxalt argued he could not enforce it.
- Laxalt’s office has fought in court against legal action seeking implementation of the background check law.
Laxalt’s opponent offers a clear contrast on gun safety: Steve Sisolak has spoken out repeatedly about gun violence prevention and has made gun safety part of his campaign platform. He also spearheaded an effort that raised more than $11.8 million to support victims and survivors of the Route 91 mass shooting last year.
Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund has endorsed Sisolak in the race for governor and Aaron Ford in the race for attorney general, and is spending $3.5 million in support of these gun sense champions.
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